The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Warren Paulsen now a part of "Faces Never Forgotten"

Vietnam War casualty memorialized, but more photos missing from Alaska

 

Photo courtesy Faces Never Forgotten

Petty Officer Third Class Warren Paulsen, 1944-1969

Warren Paulsen is now a part of "Faces Never Forgotten."

Paulsen, along with a Cordova man named David H. Elisovsky, will have their photos included in a project that aims to pair a picture with each name on the Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC, most commonly referred to simply as "the wall."

A photo of Paulsen, who listed Valdez as his hometown at the time he died from a blast by an artillery, rocket, or mortar round on June 23, 1969 in the Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, was submitted to the project after an article seeking a copy of his image was published last week in the Valdez Star.

Photos of the two men were among several missing from Alaska servicemen who died during the conflict.

Jenna Hoehn, a Hawaii-based volunteer for the project, reached out to the Valdez Star last week to find remaining family or friends who might have photos of the servicemen.

Monday, Hoehn recieved Elisovsky's photo in the mail, the last of four men who died in Vietnam who were from the Valdez-Cordova census area.

"I'm doing the happy dance," she said in a telephonic interview. "I'm am so excited we are done with your area."

Hoehn has worked to find photos of war dead for the project for several years.

Now she is hoping to find the other service members from Alaska in need of photos for the project.

"I need 12 or 13 photos from Anchorage," she said.

In total, there are 18 photos needed to put a face to the names of Alaskans who died in service during Vietnam.

Photo courtesy Faces Never Forgotten

Sergeant David Elisovsky, 1946-1966

In total, the military says 56 Alaskans died in service during the conflict.

One of the problems the researchers face when trying to contact the loved ones of the dead is the fact that the hometowns listed by the military are not always where their relatives believe it should have been listed.

Typically, hometowns of servicemen from that era are categorized by the town where the men enlisted for service. That can be hard to sort out forty years after the fact researchers say.

Anyone with a photo or information regarding survivors of the 18 men whose photos are missing from the memorial can contact Hoehn by email. Please submit any photos or information to Janna Hoehn at

neverforgotten2014@gmail.com

 

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